Last December, the Sony email hacks revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was paid less than her male co-stars for 2013’s “American Hustle” — while Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner each had deals to earn 9 percent of the profits, Lawrence and Amy Adams were at 7 percent. At this point, Lawrence was already a proven box office draw thanks to “The Hunger Games,” along with being a major player in the “X-Men” film franchise.
Ten months later, Lawrence has addressed the issue in an essay appearing in Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s latest Lenny Letter newsletter. “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” Lawrence wrote. “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.” (Lawrence admits that her issues may not be relatable.)
Further in the essay, Lawrence said she was motivated by not wanting to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.” “I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”
Returning to the word “spoiled,” Lawrence points out that in another leaked email, producer Scott Rudin called Angelina Jolie a “spoiled brat.” “For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man,” the essay concludes.
This is the latest and likely most pointed example of Lawrence publicly discussing issues concerning women in Hollywood, including body image and privacy. Lawrence, an Oscar winner for “Silver Linings Playbook” (like “American Hustle,” directed by David O. Russell), will next be seen on screen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” scheduled for release on Nov. 20.
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